The Importance of Correct Aftercare for Coloured Hair, Plymouth


Hair color fading occurs due to various factors, and while permanent color is designed to last longer, it's not entirely immune to fading. Let's break it down:

  1. Oxidation Process: When you color your hair, the hair shaft opens up to allow the color molecules to penetrate. Over time, due to exposure to air and water, these molecules oxidize and break down, leading to color fading.

  2. Hair Porosity: Each strand of hair has its own level of porosity, which affects how well it holds onto color. High porosity hair tends to absorb color quickly but also release it faster, leading to quicker fading.

  3. External Factors: External elements like heat styling tools, sun exposure, chlorine from swimming pools, and harsh shampoos can strip away color molecules from the hair shaft, causing it to fade.

  4. Incorrect Aftercare: Using the wrong shampoo or conditioner, washing hair too frequently, or using hot water can all contribute to color fading. Proper aftercare, including using color-safe products and minimizing heat styling, is crucial for maintaining color vibrancy.
  5. Water Temperature: Hot water in the shower opens up the hair cuticle, similar to heat styling tools, which allows the color molecules to leach out more rapidly. Opting for cooler water temperatures can help seal the cuticle and prolong the vibrancy of your color.

While permanent color provides longer-lasting results compared to semi-permanent or temporary dyes, it's important to understand that it's not entirely permanent. Consistent maintenance and proper aftercare are key to preserving your color and extending its lifespan.


At ARENA, we take pride in providing our clients with top-notch hair colouring services using premium products like Kevin Murphy. We understand that achieving that perfect colour is just the beginning; maintaining its vibrancy and health is equally crucial. That's why we emphasise the importance of correct aftercare for coloured hair to ensure that your hair looks and feels its best long after you leave our salon.


Here's why using the right aftercare products and techniques is essential:


Preserving Colour Brilliance: The Everlasting Colour range by Kevin Murphy is specially formulated to extend the life of your colour. Using products specifically designed for colour-treated hair helps lock in the pigments and prevents premature fading.


Enhancing Hair Health: Our colour services include a bonding treatment in every bowl of colour to protect and strengthen your hair during the colouring process. However, maintaining hair health at home is equally important. Proper aftercare helps nourish and replenish the hair, keeping it strong and resilient.


Preventing Damage: Coloured hair is more susceptible to damage from heat styling, environmental factors, and harsh chemicals in other hair products. Using the right aftercare regimen helps minimise damage and keep your hair looking and feeling its best.


Six essential tips for maintaining your coloured hair at home:


Use Heat Protectant: Shield your hair from heat damage by applying a heat protectant spray before using hot styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons, or curling wands. This helps minimise colour fading and prevents dryness and breakage. We recommend Heated Defence by Kevin Murphy for its effective heat protection and lightweight formula. Incorporating this simple step into your styling routine can help maintain the health and vibrancy of your coloured hair.


Wash Every 3 Days: Washing your hair too frequently can strip away the natural oils and colour pigments, leading to faster colour fading. Aim to wash your hair every 3 days using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for colour-treated hair. We recommend the Everlasting range for its gentle yet effective cleansing and colour-preserving properties.


Weekly Treatments: Treat your hair to a nourishing mask or Bonding treatment at least once a week to replenish moisture and repair any damage. Our salon recommends the Epres Home Kit, a convenient and effective option for at-home hair rejuvenation. Your hair will thank you for the extra TLC!


Book Regular Salon Visits: Schedule a Tone Treat and Trim service in between bigger services. We recommend every 8 weeks to maintain the integrity of your colour and keep your hair looking fresh and vibrant. Our expert stylists will touch up your colour, treat any brassiness or fading, and trim away split ends for a polished look.


Protect Your Hair from the Sun: UV rays can fade hair colour and cause dryness and brittleness. Whenever you're spending time outdoors, protect your hair by wearing a hat or using a UV-protectant hair spray or serum. We recommend Everlasting Leave-In Bonding for its superior UV protection and nourishing properties. By shielding your hair from the sun's harmful rays, you can help maintain your colour's vibrancy and keep your strands healthy and radiant


Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater: Chlorine in pools and saltwater at the beach can strip away colour and leave hair feeling dry and brittle. Before swimming, wet your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to create a protective barrier against these elements.


By following these simple yet effective tips and using the recommended Everlasting Colour range by Kevin Murphy, you can enjoy long-lasting colour brilliance and healthier, more beautiful hair between salon visits.


Remember, your hair is an investment, and proper aftercare is key to maintaining its vibrancy and health. If you have any questions or need personalised recommendations for your hair care routine, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of experts at ARENA.

Here's to beautiful, long-lasting colour and healthy hair!